Mayoral race gets down to business

By Andrew Dreschel SEE MORE  from this author Labour Day is over. People are back from vacation. And the real municipal election period has now begun. Among the 10 nominees running for mayor of Hamilton, the big names on the slate remain fixed at three — Councillor Brian McHattie, Councillor Brad Clark, and former mayor […]

Municipal Politics: A New Approach

Commentary: By Louie Milojevic Achieving transformational change of a renaissance calibre in Hamilton requires that Hamiltonians elect leaders of no ordinary ability. This expectation is of course popularly voiced every election. However, encouraging greater voter participation and candidate diversity, initiatives historically heralded as the surest way of improving democratic government, gives voters only a partial […]

McHattie gets labour endorsement

 By Andrew Dreschel The Hamilton and District Labour Council is endorsing Brian McHattie for mayor. McHattie was chosen based on a questionnaire of “priority issues” and a membership vote at a special Labour Council meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 13. Geoff Roman, acting Labour Council president, said McHattie was deemed the strongest candidate because of his […]

Judith Bishop not running as trustee

Longtime school board trustee Judith Bishop has announced she will not seek re-election in the Oct. 27  municipal election. She served as a Hamilton-Wentworth District school trustee for Ward 1 since 1988 and trustee for Ward 1/2 since 1998.  She served as chair of the board five times. In a statement, she said she was […]

Democracy: Straight to Hamiltonians

By Steve Buist / Hamilton Spectator Here’s a novel concept for you. What if Hamilton residents came up with their own ideas for how the city could run and then presented those ideas to the politicians who might one day run the city? “It sounds a bit idealistic, doesn’t it?” said Norman Kearney, campaign director […]

Twitter fight like a scene from Chandler

Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel invokes 1930s detective fiction writer Raymond Chandler in this piece about a Twitter cat fight. It’s a great read and a good tutorial on the burgeoning Hamilton mayoral campaign. (Image: Spectator Archives) * * * Perhaps it was the muggy weather that provoked it. Or maybe it’s just the overall political […]

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